What is your morning routine?
During the week I get up around 7-8:00am, except for Sunday when I always awake at 6:00am for church. Afterwards, I take a shower and begin my morning activities.
I usually write at night, but I sometimes like to write in my journal before I do any morning housework as sometimes a nice dream the night before can give you some good ideas.
I run a business with my mom, both of us working together from home. After eating breakfast and cleaning the house, I sit in front of my laptop and begin my work, with a nice cup of hot coffee by my side.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
Since I moved to Bali, Indonesia, a few months ago.
Before then I spent four years in China for college, and my routine was entirely different. Back then I didn’t have my nice morning breakfast; we usually had breakfast in class because of our schedule. Gosh, our teacher hated us eating in the classroom!
What time do you go to sleep?
I’m usually in bed by 10:00pm, reading books or articles, writing my diary (yes, I am almost twenty-two and still write a diary) and eventually turning off my gadgets.
I’ll normally be asleep by 11:00pm, sometimes midnight.
Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?
I believe a morning person needs an alarm to help them get up early. If I have to wake up at 7:00am, I’ll set my alarm for 6:45. I need fifteen minutes in the morning to collect my thoughts.
I never hit the snooze button, instead I hit the ‘dismiss’ button. As soon as I hear my alarm ring, my eyes automatically open.
How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typical have?
I usually wait about half an hour in the morning before having breakfast.
I like to eat breakfast like a queen. I never fell guilty whenever I eat breakfast. That said, I always try to avoid eating rice or noodles in the morning. My breakfast favorites include: toast (with or without Nutella), eggs (sunny side up, omelet, anything really), and cereal.
Do you have a morning workout routine?
When I was back in college yes. Not so much now, which makes me feel bad.
But I still force myself to do some workouts 2-3 times a week, but not in the mornings. It could be anything from dancing to doing some moves from particular YouTube channels. I do have a favorite workout channel!
How about morning meditation?
Do you mean something like reading the Bible? If so, yes. I always read it in the morning, it’s my most important task.
Do you see to email first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?
I check my inbox right after I wake up, but I’ll never reply straight away, usually waiting until work hours. I check my social media and read news while having my breakfast.
What and when is your first drink in the morning?
Mineral water! I always feel so dehydrated right after I wake up that I can quickly down two whole glasses. I feel so fresh afterwards.
On days you’re not settled in your home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment?
Yes, I am. During holidays, I just let my body rest for as long as it wants, usually leaving out my morning routine. If I am staying at my friend’s house, I will get up early before their family are awake to help them out, maybe by making a nice breakfast for them, for example.
What do you do if you fail to follow your routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?
Nobody’s morning routine is perfect.
I try to do better day by day. If I fail to follow my routine I don’t pressure myself, as that’ll just make it worst. If I wake up late, for example, I fix my sleep the following night. It’s my belief that a morning routine helps you to have a better day today, tomorrow, and so on.
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